LOUDONVILLE — Breathe Deep Albany, a 5K walk/fun run for lung cancer, will take place Sept. 23 at the Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville.
LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to research for the early detection and treatment of lung cancer will host the event for the sixth year. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the walk/run begins at 10 a.m. with a program on lung cancer awareness beginning just prior to the walk at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Arsyl De Jesus, radiation oncologist at NYOH will speak about the advances in lung cancer research.
Laura Greco, a lung cancer survivor, is participating in the walk for the fourth year. In February 2015, Greco was in a car accident with her 6 year old son. Fortunately, they both walked away from the accident with only minor injuries. However, during the trauma scan doctors found a large mass on her left lung that turned out to be stage 3a lung cancer. She was devastated. The five year survival rate for lung cancer is only 17 percent. That number has not changed in 40 years. Greco had never smoked, and she had never been exposed to undue risk factors. Medical PR campaigns leave us believing that if you do not smoke, you need not worry about lung cancer. That is not the case. The only risk factor you need in order to get lung cancer is a set of lungs.
Registration is open and participants can sign up at www.lungevity.org/albany. The event costs $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for youth and is free for lung cancer survivors. All participants receive a t-shirt and will be able to enjoy activities such as music, raffles, and silent auction at the walk/run.